Controllers http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8228/more en Has the PLC Met Its Match? http://machinedesign.com/controllers/has-plc-met-its-match <div class="field-deck"> Decentralized technologies like PAC can work with PLCs, but by offering more features for machine vision and IIoT, they may be in a state of diminishing return. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Limitations and data requirements surrounding programmable logic controllers are leading companies to ask whether PLCs are the best options for their designs.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/has-plc-met-its-match" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/has-plc-met-its-match#comments Controllers IoT Motion Control Tue, 24 May 2016 19:27:00 +0000 62391 at http://machinedesign.com FAQ's on Thermal Actuators http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/faqs-thermal-actuators <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by ThermOmegaTech </div> <div class="node-body article-body">How can one describe a thermal actuator and how does it function? What are the operating condition...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/faqs-thermal-actuators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/faqs-thermal-actuators#comments Design FAQs Controllers Motion Control Mon, 23 May 2016 15:08:00 +0000 53511 at http://machinedesign.com PLCs, PCs, and PACs: When the Lines in Motion Control Become Blurred http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/plcs-pcs-and-pacs-when-lines-motion-control-become-blurred <div class="field-byline"> Marissa K. Tucker and Jim Wiley, Parker Hannifin </div> <div class="field-deck"> Asking the right questions early simplifies optimizing your next motion control system. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Asking the right questions early simplifies optimizing your next motion control system.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/plcs-pcs-and-pacs-when-lines-motion-control-become-blurred" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/plcs-pcs-and-pacs-when-lines-motion-control-become-blurred#comments Controllers Motion Control Tue, 03 May 2016 15:40:00 +0000 61411 at http://machinedesign.com B&R’s modular application (mapp) Technology sets the bar high for automation programming http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Not much has really changed about the software running industrial machinery over the past two decades. In the same time, there’s been a revolution in computer science, along with a corresponding rise in computer science graduates. But in the factories and distribution centers that use computers known as programmable logic (PLC) or automation controllers (PAC), it’s been largely status quo. The same can even be said for industrial robots, the icons of automation.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming#comments Controllers White Papers Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:02:00 +0000 48931 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design’s Products of the Week (3/28-4/4) http://machinedesign.com/controllers/machine-design-s-products-week-328-44 <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week's product gallery includes oil/air coolers, heavy-duty rotary encoders, and die-cast aluminum air regulators.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/machine-design-s-products-week-328-44" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/machine-design-s-products-week-328-44#comments Controllers Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:37:00 +0000 59061 at http://machinedesign.com Newest Motion Controllers Expand Applications http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/newest-motion-controllers-expand-applications <div class="field-byline"> Bill Savela, Delta Computer Systems </div> <div class="field-deck"> Delta Computer Systems takes us through some of the latest advances in motion controllers by analyzing modern industry applications. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Delta Computer Systems takes us through some of the latest advances in motion controllers by analyzing modern industry applications. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/newest-motion-controllers-expand-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/newest-motion-controllers-expand-applications#comments Products Controllers Motion Control Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:59:00 +0000 57171 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design’s Products of the Week (1/25-2/1) http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/machine-design-s-products-week-125-21 <div class="node-body gallery-body">This biweekly product gallery includes rotary encoders for washdown environments, along with sensitive springs, and switching elements for human-machine interfaces. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/machine-design-s-products-week-125-21" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/machine-design-s-products-week-125-21#comments Products Batteries/Power Supplies Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Controllers Motors/Drives Springs Temperature Sensors Gallery Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:44:00 +0000 56601 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design’s Products of the Week (1/11-1/18) http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-111-118 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Machine Design's Products of the Week include reliable couplings, brushless-motor controllers, and automated case packers. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-111-118" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-111-118#comments Products Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Controllers Packaging Hydraulics Pneumatics Sensors Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:29:00 +0000 55381 at http://machinedesign.com Lightweight Brakes for Tight Spaces http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/lightweight-brakes-tight-spaces <div class="node-body article-body">The XS Series of spring-set holding brakes from Warner Electric are good options for applications that need to save on space and weight.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/lightweight-brakes-tight-spaces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/lightweight-brakes-tight-spaces#comments What's Inside? Controllers Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:08:00 +0000 55431 at http://machinedesign.com Machine Design’s Products of the Week (12/14-12/21) http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-1214-1221 <div class="node-body gallery-body">This week's product roundup showcases mini high-torque gear units, "smart motors", PLCs with Ethernet connectivity, and rugged temperature sensors. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-1214-1221" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-1214-1221#comments Products Controllers Fasteners Motors/Drives Temperature Sensors Gallery Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:04:00 +0000 54291 at http://machinedesign.com